Sustainability Initiatives Focused on Energy Efficiency and Recycling Materials Have Highest ROI According to Leading Supply Chain Executives

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In a survey of over 650 supply chain executives, improving energy efficiency and recycling materials were rated among the best sustainability initiatives for ROI. The results of the survey - which also covered the evolution of Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions measurement/reduction, the proliferation of score-carding and methods of shipper & supplier collaboration- are published in the 4th annual eyefortransport sustainable supply chain report, now available.

Sustainability and supply chain executives from leading shippers have found the greatest ROI has come from improving energy efficiency and recycling materials whilst using low-carbon buildings, requesting emissions data from suppliers and working with 2nd or 3rd party certifiers were identified as having the lowest ROI.

The eyefortransport 2010 North American Sustainable Supply Chain Report presents the survey responses of over 650 senior executives highlighting their views, current challenges and key strategies regarding supply chain sustainability for 2010.

The report shows that the top 5 areas of measurement and reduction for shippers are (in order of significance) energy consumption, water consumption, fuel expenditure, solid waste, and carbon emissions. 3PLs had similar targets but were noticeably less concerned with solid waste or reporting on any of their measurement/reduction data in comparison to shippers.

A significant change in the market was highlighted by Financial ROI jumping from 9th place in the 209 survey to 2nd place in 2010 as a key driver for shippers to invest in sustainable supply chain initiatives whilst improving customer relations stayed consistent as the most important driver in both surveys. 3PLS identified increasing supply chain efficiency and decreasing expenditure on fuel as their key drivers in both 2009 and 2010.

Although over 80% of respondents felt an increase in sustainability scrutiny, 50% of shippers and 65% of 3PLs pin-pointed lack of data and standardization as being either a barrier or a big barrier to the adoption of green supply chain initiatives.

Overall, there has been a significant increase of activity within supply chain sustainability and whilst firmer legislation/regulation was the most anticipated driver for future efforts, consumer driver demand was a close second and suggests that, rather than subsiding, supply chain sustainability will only grow more important to a company's success in the coming year.

The key issues of the report will be discussed at the 4th Sustainable Supply Chain Summit taking place October 28-29 in San Francisco. The event will be an open forum for companies with a commitment to supply chain sustainability to share concrete metrics and strategies in order to develop and improve current programs and initiatives. This year, presentations and in-depth case studies are confirmed from Procter & Gamble, Verizon, BT Americas Inc., Starbucks, IBM, Office Depot, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, American Electric Power, Del Monte Foods, PG&E, The Dow Chemical Company, Cadbury, Kendall-Jackson Wines, Kaiser Permanente, MeadWestvaco, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Rockwell Automation, Applied Materials, Frontier Natural Products Co-op and others.

Full details including agenda, full speaker list and past presentations, please visit: or take advantage of our $300 discount by registering at before July 30th.

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